Number 115:                                 Also:  See ‘Word of the Day’ below

Helping Toads to Cross Roads 



Toads are very common in Britain and they can live for up to 40 years. During the summer they eat spiders, slugs and worms and they hibernate in the winter.

They usually live on dry land in forests, gardens or in hedges. However, In order to breed and produce young toads, they need to be in water so they try to move to a large, deep pond. They do this in the spring and sometimes they need to cross a road to get to a pond.

Unfortunately for toads, many of our roads are very busy and in some parts of Britain many toads have been killed by cars. In order to try and help toads to survive, some groups of volunteers are helping them to cross the roads. These animal lovers wait by the side of the road and when a toad arrives they put it in a bucket and carry it across the road. Last year a group of 70 volunteers saved 2,700 toads between February and April.



to breed                                        to produce baby animals

spiders, slugs and worms               common insects

to hibernate                                  to sleep in the winter

a hedge                                         a row of bushes, plants

a pond                                           like a very small lake

a volunteer                                    someone who works without payment

a bucket                                        a round object to carry water


Word of the day:  Lovely

Lovely is an adjective and is a very useful word when speaking and writing as you can use it for almost anything.

What a lovely day!                                       warm and sunny

I bought a lovely dress yesterday.                 smart/elegant

This cake is lovely.                                        delicious

He’s a lovely person.                                    kind and polite

It is a strong adjective so you can say:

really lovely

absolutely lovely

but not: a little lovely or extremely lovely